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I Want To Remove A False Diagnosis Of Bipolar
Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more
Not necessarily: It all depends upon what kinds of tumors, what size, and which locations. Since bipolar doesn't come from "one spot" in the brain, you're most likely to be ok. ...Read more
Yes: Have you sat down with your doctor who made the diagnosis? That will be a good starting point in terms of getting useful advice, because you will need to work very closely with your doctor to manage the disease over a long period of time. This is a chronic disease that needs to be treated through prevention of relapse. Good luck! ...Read more
Question about people with a diagnosis of bipolar. Are the 2 phases 2 semi-separate personalities?
I've been told I might have bipolar 2 with rapid cycling and mixed episodes. I already have EUPD diagnosis. Is it possible to have both?
Have a fruend with bipolar, took herself off meds and seems to be doing well. Wondering if I can do the same? Nearly same diagnosis & am sick of meds!
Be careful....: Yes, you're sick of taking meds, and yeah, you've seen your friends go off of meds successfully (for how long?)....But...Everyone is different! Please talk to your md before making any changes in your meds....You want to do well, don't you? The last thing you need is to go off your meds and have everything fall apart and have to start from scratch again.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prove To Who?: Mania is a cluster of symptoms that occur over seven days (or less if hospitalization or incarceration is required). You cannot prove that the mania was not drug induced but if a drug test and thyroid function is normal and there was no head trauma it is widely accepted to be a bipolar mania. ...Read more
Cyclothymic: Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: They are the same thing. Just shorthand and semantics. ...Read more
No: Many studies are ongoing with respect to the functional imaging techniques of SPECT, MEG, PET, and fMRI, in order to better understand psychiatric condition such as bipolar disorder. However, to date ruling in (or out) such diagnoses is not possible on the basis of any form of imaging study. ...Read more
Better prognosis: Early intervention prevention of many factors early treatment genetic marker recognition prevention of all the factors and avoid those sleep regulation destigmatising mental health educating themselves as they do on cell phone on their 2 pound computer called brain and treating it early so they won't mess with drugs alcohal and will be wow generation wise outstanding wizard and take brain serious. ...Read more
Bipolar: Like any chronic illness, whether physiological or psychological, maintenance therapy to prevent recurrences and relapses is vital for optimal functioning. ...Read more
None usually: Bipolar disorder is a clinical diagnosis, meaning there is no purely objective test or analysis used in diagnosis. On the other hand, an astute psychiatrist will always be vigilant for the potential of bipolar disorder symptoms being caused by a medical disorder such as hyperthyroidism, focal brain lesions (rare), certain medications like weight-loss medications, etc. ...Read more
Are there any tests or research studies to help with a diagnosis of childhood bipolar in 5 yr old? Where could I go near terre haute, in?
Don't know: Only your doctor can answer that. Ask him/her. ...Read more
Often Too Long: In bipolar disorder type i, a true manic episode can last from days to weeks to months in some patients. Mania can be divided into three phases. First phase: the patient shows increased energy and feels productive. Second phase: decreased need for sleep, impulsive behaviors ie spending money. Third phase: racing thoughts, grandiose delusions, and evidence of psychosis. Mania can be devastating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer